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CENTRAL ROUNDUP: Volleyball defeats Crescent Valley in five sets

CORVALLIS — The Central volleyball team earned a 25-15, 25-22, 17-25, 16-25, 15-5 road victory over Crescent Valley on Oct. 7.

“The girls played well overall,” Panthers coach Claudine Mendazona said. “I was pleased to get the win.”

Krista Omlid helped lead Central with 22 kills and three blocks, while Alex Dowdell added 18 kills and 25 digs. Kylie Nash recorded four aces and 47 aces during the victory.

The Panthers played Lebanon Tuesday after press time. Central hosts Silverton Thursday at 6 p.m. before playing at Corvallis on Tuesday. The Panthers entered the week in a three-way tie for third place in the MWC with Dallas and Corvallis with a 5-5 mark in league play.

BOYS CROSS-COUNTRY TAKES FIFTH: Central’s boys cross-country squad placed fifth at the George Fox XC Invitational on Saturday. Junior Zachary Meyer placed 41st in 17 minutes, 39.6 seconds to lead the Panthers, while senior Darien Hume took 42nd in 17:40.6. The girls squad placed 12th. Sophomore Bailie Hartford finished fifth overall in 19:58.3, while senior Jamie Smith placed 41st in 21:26.6. Central will compete at Silverton Wednesday (today) in the team’s final race before the Mid-Willamette Conference Championships on Oct. 21.

FOOTBALL FALLS IN THRILLER: For the second time in as many weeks, Central’s football team lost a heartbreaker, falling to Lebanon 36-35 on Thursday. “The Panthers played a much improved Lebanon Warriors,” Central coach Shane Hedrick said. “As a whole, the Panthers improved on both sides of the ball. We are looking to reduce or limit the number of big plays on defense, while at the same time increase the big play opportunities on offense.” Quarterback Peter Mendazona threw for 238 yards and four touchdowns, while receiver Peter Mason had four receptions for 130 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Panthers on offense. Senior defensive lineman Opeti Tuipulotu had seven total tackles to help lead the defense, as Central built a 35-15 lead in the third quarter. The Warriors scored the final 21 points of the game to earn the victory. The Panthers play at Silverton on Friday. Central dropped to 3-3 overall and 2-2 in league play and into a three-way tie with Silverton and Corvallis. Lebanon, South Albany and Crescent Valley are tied for first place in the conference with a 3-1 league record. The top four teams advance to the state playoffs. “Friday’s game at Silverton will be a must win for both teams,” Hedrick said.

BOYS SOCCER LOSES TO SOUTH ALBANY: Central’s boys soccer team lost to South Albany 1-0 on Oct. 6. The Panthers (2-5-2 overall, 1-1 MWC) played Silverton Tuesday after press time. Central hosts Corvallis Thursday at 4 p.m. and Lebanon Tuesday at 6 p.m. The Panthers entered the week in a three-way tie for fourth with four matches to play. The top two teams in the league earn an automatic berth into the state tournament. The third through sixth place teams advance to the play-in round.

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